Eric Clapton has shown support for Van Morrison’s campaign to save live music.
Van Morrison kicked off the campaign earlier this month in somewhat controversial circumstances, confirming plans for three anti lockdown singles.
Alongside this, Van the Man completed three nights at London’s Palladium, part of his efforts to ease the restrictions around live music.
Now Eric Clapton is on board. The legendary English blues musician offers his support, commenting:
“It is deeply upsetting to see how few gigs are going ahead because of the lockdown restrictions. There are many of us who support Van and his endeavours to save live music, he is an inspiration! We must stand up and be counted because we need to find a way out of this mess. The alternative is not worth thinking about. Live music might never recover.”
Celebrated Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martinez has released a new lyric video for his cover of Eric Clapton’s 1998 song “My Father’s Eyes,” which features Clapton himself.
Martinez’s version transforms the slick, blues-pop tune into a rollicking, uptempo song packed with plenty of drums, horns, piano and classic Clapton guitar lines. Despite the total sonic overhaul, Martinez never loses the original’s poignancy, sharing vocal duties with Clapton as they sing, “Then the jagged edge appears/To the distant clouds of tears/I’m like a bridge that was washed away/My foundations were made of clay.”